Primary Navigation - Responsive Element

Element Information

Primary Navigation is a site-wide navigation element. It is used to have a consistent navigation element across whole sites.Changes to Primary Navigation are done in the pane.

Detailed Tutorial

  1. Insert the custom element "Navigation-Primary"
  2. Define the element in the left pane
    • Open left pane (Primary Navigation)
    • Manage Navigation 


Step 1: From your template, insert a new element as "Navigation Primary" found under "1-Responsive Elements".

Element Gallery

Step 2: Open the left pane to define the element by moving your mouse over the left side of the page and clicking the orange arrow. Once the left pane is open, select the Primary Navigation tab at the bottom.

Left Pane


Next click the Manage Navigation button at the top.



Once the new tap or pop-up has appeared for managing the navigation, you can add a new item (with or without a parent) or edit/delete an existing menu option.

  • To add a new menu item... Click the Add New Item button
  • To edit an existing option... Click the pencil logo next to the item you want to edit
  • To delete an existing option... Click the "X" logo next to the item you want to delete
Add New Itme

Add New Item

First give your link a user friendly label name such as "Home" or "Athletics". Then, choose whether or not you want the link to be a parent or a child item. A parent item is the text that is seen on the navigation bar. When a mouse hovers over a parent item a drop down list appears with the various child items that relate to it. For example, on the student bookstore site "Textbooks" is a parent item and "refunds", "buyback", etc are child items.

There are two ways to make an item a child or parent. 

  • From the add new item window, use the parent drop down list to choose either "No Parent" or the item you want the menu item to be listed under.
  • Once all the menu items are created, they can be rearranged by dragging and dropping. The child menu items will be indented under the parent menu items.

Now give your item a link either Internal or External to:

Click the text box next to the URL listed "" to type in the extension to that page for an internal URL. Example: /cs-itcs/commonspot
*Make sure that each link to an individual page ends in ".cfm" otherwise the page will not appear when the link is clicked.*
Click the check mark next to "External URL" and then click in the text box next to the URL listed "http://" and type in the extension to that page for an external URL. Example:

When you are finished creating a new menu item, click the Create button.

Add New Menu Item

Update Menu Item
Here you can edit the label and URL of your menu item that was defaulted on setup or created when you added a new item. When you are finished updating the item, click Update.

See "Add Menu Item" (above) to see how to add an internal or external URL.

Update Menu Item

Once you are finished, click Publish in the top right hand box. After you update and publish your menu, return to your web page and click the "Actions" drop-down on the blue menu bar, scroll down to "Clear and Update Cache" to see the changes you made to your primary navigation.

Please make sure the news feeds element is set up properly.